ERA is a community-based water group that aims to connect people to the Elk River ensuring it is drinkable, fishable and swimmable for future generations. ERA is a BC registered society with charitable status pending.
Vision of the Elk River watershed
A watershed where well-managed human activities result in healthy ecosystems and a robust economy.
Raise community awareness and understanding about our watershed.
Facilitate community dialogue and engagement to better inform sustainable water decision-making.
Monitor aquatic health to prioritize our collective effort in activities that care for aquatic ecosystems.
Principles guiding our activities:
We unite not divide.
Bring together diverse points of view and offer a safe place for dialogue.
Stimulate broad-based conversation, provide a conduit for information sharing and facilitate community input encouraging sustainable water decision-making.
Promoting watershed thinking, ERA contributes a coordinated community voice to watershed planning and management, regulatory processes and other regional water initiatives.
Started in 2010 under the leadership of Lee-Anne Walker. She was motivated to bring together people with a common vision of the Elk River watershed to form ERA based on the result of her thesis based on interviews with community-based water groups and decision-makers in the Columbia Basin.
Elk River residents ROCK! 91 people volunteers to clean up shorelines in the Elk River watershed dedicating 222 hours to collect 33 bags of trash, 10 recycling bags and amounting to 100's of kilograms taken out of our precious river. Here is a video link to the weekend's event. Enjoy! http://animoto.com/play/HvL3brsMliQ0x1zCP0xvYg